EUNAVFORMED IRINI and the NATO Maritime Command: shared Awareness and De-confliction in the Mediterranean

ROME. The 11th edition of the Conference SHADE MED 2022 – “Shared Awareness and De-confliction in the Mediterranean”, took place in Rome on recent days.

The event, co-organised by Operation EUNAVFORMED IRINI and the NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM), saw the participation of high-level speakers who drew a picture of the complex situation that the Mediterranean region is experiencing. This is the third time that Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI is organising this event and the first time in person.

The SHADE MED 2022 was attended by 200 guests from 31 countries and 25 organisations. Diplomats, academics, military and industry expert representatives exchanged their views and assessments on the challenges and opportunities arising in this busy sea, historic crossroad of three continents.

Russia’s war against Ukraine and the Libya’s political instability are having a significant impact in the Mediterranean, the MENA region and the Sahel. Security operations like Sea Guardian and IRINI are bastions of international legality in time of conflict, energy and climate crisis such as resurging old and new tensions between local and global powers.

The 11th edition of the Conference SHADE MED 2022 – “Shared Awareness and De-confliction in the Mediterranean” in Rome

The co-organisation of SHADE MED by IRINI and MARCOM is a demonstration of the importance that both the EU and NATO play in the Mediterranean. Our shared understanding of the vital importance of maritime security in the Mediterranean is critical for the European and transatlantic world”, underlined Vice Admiral Didier Piaton, Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command, during his speech at the conference.

Rear Admiral Stefano Turchetto, Operation Commander of EUNAVFOR MED IRINI, concluded,

Our Nations in NATO and EU are prominent actors in fighting threats to global and regional security, as in the Mediterranean Sea with Operations Sea Guardian and IRINI. No matter the size or the nature, the participation of so many Nations in solving these issues is a great success itself”.

SHADE MED 2023 is set to take place next autumn, when IRINI will take stock of the results and good practices undertaken this year and the one to come.

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